My friends Amanda and Brian sent an e-mail over the weekend seeing if anyone wanted to check out North Hero’s Great Ice festival.
Anyone up for an adventure this weekend in the snow?
On Sunday It would be fun to go to Grand Isle/North Hero area as they are having the “Great Ice” event this weekend. They have a pancake breakfast at 8am at North Hero House and then around 9am a walk out on the ice to Knight Island (boots or snowshoes I don’t know!?) They won’t know if the ice is good until a check Sunday morning however so it could be a wash and a new plan would be needed…but hey it would be early!!!
Let me know if the Sunday idea or another snowy adventure strikes you!
Seeing as how I’ve never walked more than about 10 inches from land on Lake Champlain during the winter, I thought it might be cool (yet kind of scary…) to go walk to an island off an island on the lake.
We got there early for the flapjack breakfast at the General Store – isn’t it adorable?! – and it was fabulous. Blueberry and regular pancakes, ham, bacon, and sausage. Coffee, juice, hot chocolate, and maple syrup.
Across the street from the General Store was access to the lake. The town had plowed a 2 mile path to Knight Island. WILD!
That’s me freaking out about being in the middle of a frozen lake!
Ice fisherman drilling their hole!
The ranger on Knight Island had a fire and hot chocolate for us. We chatted for a while, then walked around the island.
We saw lots of tracks. I think the large tracks are moose? Maybe?
Then we walked back across the lake. The ice’s color is like pitch black.
We returned and the Christmas Tree bonfire was in full force, and I won’t lie, I wondered if it would melt into the lake. It didn’t.
They had a chili cook-off, hockey, ice skating, and bike riding on the ice.
There was a lot of other things happening on the islands, as well. We stopped by two wineries, both of which also had a lot of delicious dessert pairings: cupcakes, apple cider chocolate caramels, and chocolate hearts.
All in all, this was an awesome Sunday. We didn’t really know what to expect, and this exceeded all our expectations. We want to visit more winter festivals outside Burlington!